Sculpture, Cockwe group

Unknown author19th century (?)

Museum of Ethnology & Museum of Popular Art

Museum of Ethnology & Museum of Popular Art
Lisboa, Portugal

Representation of the Mwanangana sovereign of the Cockwe. This is one of the exponents of the sculptural aesthetics celebrated by this cultural group in the context of African art studies.

Following the canons of the representation of Tshibinda Ilunga, a mythical civilizing hero of the Luba and Lunda kingdoms, the sculpture is evocative of the characteristics of the political systems and of the influence that the migrations of these people of Central Africa came to have until the XIX century in the cultural rearrangement of the territory that nowadays corresponds to Angola.


  • Title: Sculpture, Cockwe group
  • Creator: Unknown author
  • Date Created: 19th century (?)
  • Location Created: Quilengue, Lola, Angola
  • Physical Dimensions: 35.5 cm
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: Collection: National Museum of Ethnology. Image: DGPC/ADF
  • Medium: Wood
  • Catalog number: MNE: AA.964

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